Parkersburg Post 15 splits with Post 32

PARKERSBURG – Fans of American Legion Post 15 baseball should not expect to see veteran skipper Jim Goodwin at the local Dairy Queen any time soon. That’s because the head of the Parkersburg-based team has had his fill of “splits” of late.

“Pretty much,” Goodwin explained after watching his team drop a 10-6 decision to visiting Beckley Post 32 Sunday afternoon at Bennett Stump Field only to see it bounce back to take the second game by an 11-4 margin. “If only we could play that first game like we play the second.”

The split leaves the local legionnaires with a 7-3 mark heading into Wednesday’s 6 p.m. twinbill against the West Virginia Power.

“Don’t get me wrong,” continued the manager. “We are tickled to be 7-3 right now. This is a young team with a lot of new players.”

Parkersburg South’s Clayton Cottrille picked up the pitching win in the nightcap as he struck out six batters and walked only two in going the distance.

“Clayton really kept them (Beckley) off balance all game long with his curve and change-up,” said Goodwin.

“Really, our pitching was pretty solid all day. We just made too many mistakes in that first game.”

Taking the mound loss in the first game of the doubleheader was Ravenswood senior-to-be Jesse Brown.

The Red Devils’ hurler struck out three, but was his own worst enemy, walking three and giving up five hits during his three innings of work. Parkersburg South’s Adam McCray pitched the final four innings.

Post 32, which plays host to the West Virginia Power today, got on the board first as a Post 15 fielding miscue allowed Beckley’s Jordan Meadows, who was hit by a pitch to reach first, to get to third where he scored on a two-out single by Ryan Huffman.

Post 15 responded with a leadoff double by Williamstown’s Case Edgar in the bottom of the inning and the former Yellowjacket knotted the game at one when Ravenswood’s Devon Crews hit a long fly ball to center.

Beckley regained the lead with a pair of runs in the top half of the third, but Parkersburg again responded, scoring five runs in their half of the inning-two coming home on a double by Paul Fitchtelman-to take the lead for good, 6-3.

Those would be all the runs Cottrille would need as the right hander surrendered a run in the fifth, but ended the game with back-to-back strikouts of Post 32’s Austin Lyons and Dylan Keel to end the game.

“Overall, we did a good job at the plate,” said Goodwin. “We have a lot of kids that can hit and we have a lot of kids that can play the field, so it’s no surprise when we score a lot of runs or get a lot of hits.

“The keys for us are to continue to get better in the field and on the mound. If we can do that, then we feel like we can have a pretty exciting ballclub for our fans to watch.”